There are three things to know about me (all intertwined, all informing one another): I am a Christian, I am an artist, and I am a global kid having grown up overseas. It is my own little trinity.
And it drives everything I do, especially my desire to enable others to encounter God in a new way.
I come from a wildly creative family. Sometimes our creativity is pretty obvious. Sometimes it takes awhile to figure out. For me, there were hints pretty early on. As a toddler, I spent hours poring over the pictures in our coffee table books... a few years later,
my mom handed me my first camera. I have had a camera in my hands ever since.
Fast forward a few years when my next great love affair began... this time with music. Figuring my two great passions would be even better together than apart, I spent hours upon hours creating multimedia slideshows for my church. Over the years, slideshows evolved into visual productions, but the manner (shooting images and placing them to all genres of music) and the message (God is faithful and everlasting and desires to be part of our lives) always stayed the same.
Along the way, I earned liberal arts degrees from Virginia Tech
(BA 1988) and The George Washington University (MA 1994).
And in 2001 - after 13 years working in the public and private sectors and even more years yearning to live a more creative life - I decided it was time to fulfill my calling and serve God full-time. Now, it didn't help matters any that I didn't exactly know what my calling was, but I figured God would let me know in due time. So after spending nine months as a missionary in Central America, I entered Wesley Theological Seminary, where I earned a Master of Divinity in 2006.
A few months after graduation, I launched this business of mine in order to pursue my passion creating visual productions and print pieces to enhance worship services, choral and orchestral performances, and educational programs. So that other organizations can develop their own media, I also provide consulting and training in the use and development of visual communication.
I believe that in our visual world, printed and projected words and images have the power to convey one's meaning better than the spoken word or music alone. As Martin Luther reportedly said, «God gave us five senses with which to worship him and it would be sheer ingratitude for us to use less.» A big amen to that.
My first encounter with Kim occurred when she invited me to hear Handel's Messiah [part one] at her large Presbyterian church in Vienna, Virginia. She informed me that she was accompanying this concert (full orchestra and choir) with projected visuals. My immediate response was shock and disdain. It sounded like a travesty to me. I attended expecting the worst.
Instead, I was forced by the strength of Kim's work to turn 180°. She projected her own photographs of urban city landscapes overlaid with the text from Handel's oratorio onto two screens, in beautiful synchroneity. Her visual accompaniment was stunning, handsomely and tastefully choreographed to the music. Her contribution enhanced the performance, and in no way competed with it or diminished it.
Kim is both a technical genius and a sensitive artist when it comes to graphics for worship. Her work is fully grounded in the text (Biblical, choral, liturgical) from which her spirit takes wings and the result is a beautiful and inspired expansion of the impact of the text that is being spoken or sung. Her work for the services at Wesley Seminary has been a blessing to this community.
It is so good to work with a graphic artist who is so sensitive to the needs of worship.
Kim provided stunning visuals and English text to accompany our performance of Josef Haydn's Die Schöpfung (The Creation). In a dramatic work like this where the music already tells the story, her beautiful photography (and musicianship) was an added bonus for our audience. The timing of the images was perfectly paired with the music and everyone who saw it was blown away and moved more than if they had simply attended another choral performance. I cannot say enough good things about her artistry.
Kim has been a delight to work with; her creativity, can-do spirit, and energy have been such an incredible boost to my concert productions. She is a real self-starter and I can always count on her to be there with a fabulous product. Kudos for Kim!
It is rare I meet someone with such an eye for visual arts coupled with a keen awareness of God. Kim's contemporary artistic flair brings to life ancient and timeless truths. Her imagination and humor are positively engaging.
Kim puts her character and heart into her print work, photography, and visuals. She engages in her work with wisdom, prayer, and integrity, creating what is wondrous and captivating to the youngest and oldest of persons.
Kim's ministry speaks profound messages of challenge, hope, truth and reconciliation to our world. Her communication is particularly effective among those for whom the aural or verbal communication is insufficient to engender significant transformative response. Kim's ability to touch hearts and souls is truly a gift which few possess.
Kim's work is a joy. Her fresh approaches to explicating texts with photography are a real gift for everyone who can experience their impact. Her images, created and chosen with care and sensitivity, show that, not only is she a person of talent, but a person of deep Christian conviction and generosity of spirit.
Kim and I have worked together on several projects to add visual elements to major musical presentations. The quality of her work is impeccable and has provided another dimension not only to musical programs at Vienna Presbyterian Church but also to programs with the U.S. Army Chorus. Through her efforts, we have found that the combination of visuals with sound has been a tremendous aid to helping others experience the word on a much deeper level.
Lux Aeterna was the first experience I had with [Kim's] visuals. It was presented a second time for All Saints, and the very next day for a program for the American Guild of Organists (AGO, of which I am a former Dean). Many of our members took the time to tell me what an impact these visuals had on their appreciation for this choral work (original photography of cemeteries and cathedrals - and the technique of black & white photography during the first part changing to color during the latter portion about hope for life eternal had several members in tears, literally).
[Kim's] artistic contributions in the [PC(USA) 217th General Assembly (2006)] worship services added another dimension to our worship of the Lord Jesus Christ by enhancing the spoken word. So many churches are stuck in 20th century forms of worship that they are losing the ability to communicate effectively the glory of our wondrous God. [Kim's] tasteful slides did not replace traditional forms of worship but enhanced it, deepened it, allowing our visual as well as auditory senses to engage in worship thereby enabling more of our selves to discover the Spirit's presence in our midst.
I have leveraged Kim's photographs in the Organization Systems Renewal graduate program at Seattle University where I serve as a core faculty member. I find her work to be particularly significant in our courses related to global transformation. Kim's photos bring new life to our class discussions and deeper personal reflection for individual students - and, even more moving than the actual photos, are the wonderful stories that the images convey about the people Kim encounters and the new perspectives she gains through experiencing the complexities of the human condition first-hand. Her amazing photos help my students learn about the commonalities that binds us all as members of the global community - the struggles, desires, joys, and pains of the world and the need for more compassion, empathy, love, and understanding. The invaluable life lessons that Kim showcases about our shared humanness through the use of imagery and reflection will long be remembered and appreciated.
Kim takes worship and music to a new level transporting one to an inner reflection of God's message. Her understanding and portrayal of scripture and her gift of visuals through photography touch the heart and feed the soul. I'm always moved by the power and meaning of her media.
Kim Jackson's work is not only a feast to the eyes but a filling to the spirit. As I look at her work, my mind goes back to beautiful, fascinating or inspiring places I have seen and it also moves forward to enriching, encouraging moments I am yet to experience. May God always bless her and her gift.
We had a great day taking our engagement photos with Kim. She is enthusiastic, professional, passionate and fun! Her ability to capture our couple style and then put it into a beautiful piece of art is a real gift. We have had wonderful feedback from family and friends about our save the date cards. Kim's unique photography style has captured guests' interest and we know they are excited about our wedding day!
In a world where creativity and art are too often associated with words like "shock", "loud", and "explicit", Kim brings faith back into the equation. Her graphics and photography have done so much to augment our worship, our Christian study, and fellowship. There is no question in my mind that she is the Lord's answer to Computer Graphics.